Great New (and Free!) Practical Resource for Singing Chant Hymns and Other Popular Chants

In a trans-atlantic collaboration, a new resource has become available through the dedicated work of Schola Sanctæ Scholasticæ.

http://gregorian-chant-hymns.com is a collaboration between Schola Sanctæ Scholasticæ (Dr. Candy Bartoldus, Clare Bowskill, Julia Jones, Martina Jelinkova), St. Cecilia’s Abbey in Ryde, Pluscarden Abbey in Scotland, the CMAA, St. Peter’s Abbey in Solesmes, and the Society of St. Bede.

The main page of the website, Hymns, has an alphabetical list of some of the best-known and loved office hymns, as well as many votive antiphons and other popular chants (e.g., Adoro te, Ave Maris Stella [in multiple tones], Jesu Dulcis Memoria, etc.). Each chant comes with a fine recording, a copy of the score (for viewing on the website or easy download), and an easy-to-cut-and-paste or easy-to-download text and translation.

The Build-a-Booklet page has JPEG files of the scores as well as PDFs of the translations in clear typesetting, making it easy to copy and paste the text into a file you’re creating.

The Booklets page has the following pre-assembled booklets for download, including several hymnal-type publications a parish might print for pew use.

  1. The Mass in Latin with the Setting Mass VIII (Missa de Angelis) – abridged version – Ordinary Form of the Mass
  2. Music for the Mass and Benediction
  3. Order of the Mass: Weekday – Missa VIII (De Angelis) – Extraordinary Form of the Mass
  4. Exposition and Benediction
  5. Tenebrae (Extraordinary Form) – Holy Saturday
  6. Latin Mass Hymnal (older document) – Ordinary Form of the Mass
  7. The Mass in Latin with the Settings Mass I, VIII, XI, and XVII
The Guides page has a newly-typeset guide to Gregorian notation and Latin pronunciation as helps to newly-forming scholæ. The Resources page is also a helpful amalgamation of websites, etc., that would be useful to send as a single-link resource to new chanters. 

5 Replies to “Great New (and Free!) Practical Resource for Singing Chant Hymns and Other Popular Chants”

  1. This is a lovely resource.

    Stay tuned for a major announcement, hopefully this week, about the publication of a complete English plainchant hymnal!

  2. Stay tuned for a major announcement, hopefully this week, about the publication of a complete English plainchant hymnal.

    Peter, can you guys slow down a tad?'
    Out here, hinterlands, we can't keep up with new product.. Seriously, friend, pass this onto JMO, Bartlett, Ambrosetti and other "indies" we can't make decisions onthe turn of a dime.

  3. Dear Charles, with you there. Those of us across the Pacific Ocean on the other side, are just beginning to get into the Propers (among other things) and although many choirmasters simply love all the new resources they are even more constrained than your hinterlands. Mercy please.

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